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7 month old pullet with curled under toe-Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by erinangele, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. erinangele

    erinangele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, i have 6 chickens and noticed a few days ago that ones toe is slightly curled under causing her to limp a little. It is not an obvious limp, but if you are paying attention you can see it. She seems ok other wise, laying, eating, drinking, normal poops etc. The others are all fine. I am feeding them an organic layer pellet, i think its called Natural Organic.

    Do you think she could have broken it some how? They have 1/4 inch wire on the bottom of the coop, maybe it got caught? I'm not sure if it's something i need to treat, or if it will work itself out. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Can you splint her toe with a popsicle stick (or something similar) and use vet wrap tape to hold it? The vet wrap is remarkable.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    If it is curled under you really should try to straighten it into a neutral position. If it won't easily move into the neutral position then it is going to need to be trained to do so. A chicken walking on a crooked toe is much more likely to battle bumblefoot repeatedly because of abnormal use and "wear and tear" where there isn't supposed to be any.

    https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-podiatry

    That's a site to a chicken podiatry page which will help you to immobilize the foot properly.

    Good luck.
     

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